Mexico’s Maddening Problem

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers in Mexico City, Jan. 8, 2016. His trial resumed in New York last week after a holiday recess.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted by soldiers in Mexico City, Jan. 8, 2016. His trial resumed in New York last week after a holiday recess.

The trial of suspected Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is laying bare a bloody tale of drug smuggling and cartel warfare, but it won’t do much to combat the larger problem, according to a Mexican investigative journalist.

“The trial of El Chapo Guzman is very symbolic,” said Anabel Hernández, author of Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and their Godfathers.

“But the problem is that this will not resolve all the corruption, all the laundering of money that exists in Mexico, and that helps the Sinaloa Cartel, and also other cartels, to exist,” she told The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti.

The “bad news” is that all the “corrupted people” that helped El Chapo on his rise to power are still free, and still in positions of power in Mexico, she added.

Guzman’s trial began in New York in November and resumed last week after a holiday recess. He faces 17 criminal counts and a potential life sentence if convicted.

“He has been charged with smuggling, over the course of nearly two decades, over 200 tonnes of cocaine, heroin and marijuana from Mexico across the United States border,” said Alan Feuer, a New York Times reporter who has been covering the trial.

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